APR Presents

Friday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

APR Presents is Alabama Public Radio's weekly showcase of the variety and diversity of public radio programming. Now featuring the TED Radio Hour, listeners can expect something new and interesting each week.

Desperately Seeking Great Authentic BBQ

Jul 6, 2013
Meat on BBQ grill
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June 29th

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we investigate the roots of barbecue and take a trip from Texas to the Carolinas with Robb Walsh, the author of Barbecue Crossroads. We’ll be tasting wine with expert Stephen Meuse, and we’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best Blueberry Bundt Cake. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

APR Presents: July 5th

Jul 5, 2013

The List

The truly incredible story of a guy named Kirk Johnson who started a list of hundreds of Iraqis who needed to get out of their country. They were getting death threats, and he was their only hope. Only 26 and living in his aunt's basement, he had no idea what to do. How Kirk kind of succeeded spectacularly and failed spectacularly at the same time.

APR Presents airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

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Giving It Away

"If you have something to give, give it now." – Mark Bezos

You can give away almost anything — your time, money, food, your ideas. Giving helps define who we are and helps us connect with others. Thanks to the Internet and a rise in social consciousness, there's been a seismic shift not only in what we're giving, but how. In this hour, stories from TED speakers who are "giving it away" in new and surprising ways, and the things that happen in return.

APR Presents airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

APR Presents: June 28th

Jun 28, 2013
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This American Life

The One Thing You're Not Supposed To Do

This week, stories about people who know something's a bad idea, but convince themselves to do that thing anyway. Including the story of a bunch of U.S. activists whose main goal is outing themselves for being undocumented to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. To see what happens.

APR Presents airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

APR Presents: June 21st

Jun 21, 2013
calendar showing month of June 2013
This American Life

This Week

This week we return to one of our favorite themes: This Week! All of the stories in the show are things that have taken place in the last seven days. We've got our own take on the big, national stories of the week but we also turn a searchlight across America and find the smaller, more personal and more spectacular stories that most of us never hear.

APR Presents: June 14th

Jun 14, 2013
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This American Life

Invisible Made Visible

This week, the radio version of an episode we did live on stage and beamed to movie theaters all over the country. David Sedaris, Tig Notaro and Ryan Knighton perform stories. Plus the late David Rakoff, in his final performance on the show.

APR Presents: June 7th

Jun 7, 2013
Old sepia-colored drawing of gears in a wooden box
This American Life

When Patents Attack:  Part 2

Two years ago, we did a program about a mysterious business in Texas that threatens companies with lawsuits for violating its patents. But the world of patent lawsuits is so secretive, there were basic questions we could not answer. Now we can. And we get a glimpse why people say our patent system may be discouraging, not encouraging, innovation.

APR Presents: May 31st

May 31, 2013
Staircase on the outside of a high rise building
This American Life

Plan B

There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some Plan A which we abandon...switching to a Plan B, which becomes our life.

APR Presents: May 17th

May 17, 2013

The Cruelty of Children

Stories about kids being mean to each other.

APR Presents: May 10th

May 10, 2013

Hit the Road

It's spring, so we're opening windows and going places. This week we have stories of people who, for reasons that they can't always explain, feel compelled to get out and go somewhere. Including the story of one man who decides to take a trip from Philadelphia to San Francisco — by foot.

APR Presents: May 3rd

May 3, 2013
Children at piano with music lesson
This American Life

Music Lessons

What's frustrating about music lessons, what's miraculous about them, and what they actually teach us. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, with help from KQED-FM, during the 1998 Public Radio Conference in San Francisco.

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This American Life

Picture Show

This week, Israeli soldiers take snapshots of Palestinian boys, one house at a time, in the middle of the night. This and other stories where getting the picture gives you the upper hand.

APR Presents: April 12th

Apr 12, 2013
This American Life

Play the Part

Stories of people who decide to flip their personalities and do the exact opposite of what they normally do. Pictured: Louis Ortiz, Obama impersonator. He is the subject of the documentary film The Audacity of Louis Ortiz.

APR Presents: April 5th

Apr 5, 2013
This American Life


A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you'd think they'd do: they're kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without question were part of the tribe. And the story of a white guy who only wants to date Asian women, who then has to adjust to the reality of a real actual Asian woman in his life. The phrase "finding your tribe" is a total cliche — but one that does apply to certain situations.

APR Presents: March 29th

Mar 29, 2013
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This American Life

Trends with Benefits

Something that took us by surprise. The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. There are towns and counties around the nation where almost a quarter of adults are on disability. Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt spent 6 months exploring the disability program, and emerges with a story of the U.S. economy quite different than the one we've been hearing.

APR Presents: March 22nd

Mar 22, 2013
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This American Life

Starting from Scratch

Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

APR Presents: March 15th

Mar 15, 2013


Stories of people stuck in their own personal reruns—moments or episodes that they revisit over and over again.

APR Presents: March 8th

Mar 8, 2013
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This American Life

No Coincidence, No Story!

We asked listeners to send us their craziest, most memorable coincidence stories, and we got so many fun and delightful ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a Greyhound station to keys that unlock strange lairs to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall, the world is a mysterious place.

APR Presents: March 1st

Mar 1, 2013
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This American Life

Harper High School:  Part Two

We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour of stories from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. We hear the origin story of one of Harper's more prominent gangs. And we ask a group of teenage boys: where do you get your guns?

APR Presents: February 22nd

Feb 22, 2013
high school football players in uniform sitting on the grass
This American Life

  Harper High School:  Part One

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories, this show is a two-parter; Part One airs this week, Part Two is next week.

APR Presents: February 15th

Feb 13, 2013
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This American Life

  Valentine's Day 2013

Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.

APR Presents: February 1st

Feb 1, 2013
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This American Life

  Kid Logic

Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.


APR Presents: January 25th

Jan 25, 2013
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This American Life

Three Kinds of Deception

A story of self-deception, a story about deceiving others, and a story about accidental deception. And how one type of deception can easily turn into another.

APR Presents: January 18th

Jan 18, 2013
plate of Calamari with lemon
This American Life


Calamari is on one side of the plate, sliced hog rectums are on the other. Which is which? We got a tip about a pork plant selling pig's intestines as fake calamari, and decided to investigate ... with a taste test. In another story, military vets and victims of urban violence share parallel trauma.

APR Presents: January 11th

Jan 11, 2013

Self-Improvement Kick

A perfectly normal guy gets rid of everything he owns, changes his name, says goodbye to his friends — and begins walking. In the name of peace. And Honduran government officials try to heal their corrupt country by starting a perfect city, from scratch. For the new year, we bring you stories about how far some people go in hopes of a better life.

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APR Presents: January 4th

Jan 4, 2013


Five ways of mapping the world. One story about people who make maps the traditional way — by drawing things we can see. And other stories about people who map the world using smell, sound, touch, and taste. The world redrawn by the five senses.

APR Presents airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

APR Presents: December 14th

Dec 14, 2012

This Week

This week we take on ... this week. Stories united by one thing: They all happened in the seven days prior to broadcast. We try our hand reporting the global stories in Egypt and Afghanistan; and take on super local stories, too, like a man who tries valiantly — valiantly! — to actually get out of bed when his alarm clock goes off. You can also see this week in pictures.

Dog wearing suicide bomb vest, 1943.
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Animal Sacrifice

What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney.

APR Presents: November 30th

Nov 26, 2012
State seal of Minnesota

Little War on the Prairie

Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it

APR Presents: November 23rd

Nov 19, 2012
This American Life

So Crazy It Just Might Work

A few years ago a cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a speech at his alma mater saying that people in his field really needed to think outside the box to find a cure. Afterward he was approached by his old orchestra teacher, who had something way out of the box—a theory that he could kill cancer cells with electromagnetic waves. And other stories.